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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    63

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There may be nothing more fun for actors than experimental exaggeration, especially when filming on a Caribbean island. But there’s nothing that makes an audience feel less welcome than not being in on the joke.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Without Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, who play two rival pirate captains, "Pirates" might have gone straight to video. The two are a pleasure to watch, rescuing an otherwise forgettable film.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The large cast, costumed and made up as filthy scalawags and sinister buccaneers, gives tremendous energy to every scene.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Finally, there's a big-budget popcorn movie that delivers what moviegoers hunger for: humor, action, thrills and charismatic characters. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the summer blockbuster we've been waiting for.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Rip-roaring fun for kids who don't mind skeletons.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's lots of violence for a PG-13, and while it is not especially graphic, there are images, including the literally skeleton pirate crew and a false eyeball that keeps coming out, that may be disturbing to some viewers. There are some revealing bodices and some mild sexual references, including prostitutes (not explicit and no nudity or sexual situations). There is some strong and colorful pirate language. Characters drink rum and get tipsy.

  • Families can talk about the rules/guidelines distinction and the movie's many broken promises.
  • Families could talk about the history of pirates and where they came from and if they still exist.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The main characters eventually work together in a swashbuckling style to defeat an evil band of undead pirates.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Strong female lead character, one strong minority supporting character.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A lot of action violence, characters killed. Some images, including the literally skeleton pirate crew and a false eyeball that keeps coming out, that may be disturbing to some viewers.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, prostitutes, revealing bodice.

  • language false3

    Language: Colorful but strong pirate talk.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Remember, this is one big ad for a Disneyland ride.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink rum, get totally smashed.

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